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GV Town Board Discusses Regatta and Future of Agriculture

By Mary Fox

The monthly meeting of the Great Valley Town Board was held Monday, March 11, 2013. Supervisor Dan Brown opened the meeting at 7 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

The first item of discussion was security for the Great Valley Regatta in May. Representatives of the Great Valley Fire Department will meet with representatives of the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department to discuss needs and determine a contract for security, which must be approved by the town board.  Last year costs were four times more than in the past. The Great Valley Fire Department believes the regatta is no longer as disorderly as it has been in the past and doesn’t need as much security manpower.

Four bids for the 2013 season for lawn mowing were opened with the low bidder, Stuve Snow Plowing and Lawn Care, of Carlton, Pa., approved for $ 5,000.  This includes the Town Hall, the Memorial Park and two cemeteries.

“All efforts need to be made to do the ballpark first as the ball season will be starting,” said Brown.

Lighting at the intersection of Route 219 and the Humphrey Road (Route 18) was approved for three new poles on Route 18, which will cost the village $314 through National Grid.

“There are a lot of new families with children along there and the street needs to have more lighting,” said Brown.

There was no new business for the Great Valley Planning Board.

Code Officer Rob Germain reported there were no new building permits.

Jack Herrington, town highway superintendent, reported that sand is being stockpiled for next year as the price will go up in April.

A letter from Crystal Abers, director of Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism, reported that a taskforce will meet to discuss what can be done about old unusable and unused commercial buildings.

On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at 7 p.m., a meeting will be held at the Great Valley Town Hall by the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism about creating a master plan for the future of agriculture in Cattaraugus County.  All are welcome  to attend.

“People don’t realize the economic impact of farming,” said Brown.

The discussion, chaired by Paul Bishop, will focus on what can be done to improve conditions for farming and make agriculture more economically favorable in Cattaraugus County.

Brown read an invitation to the second annual Cattaraugus County Farm and Neighbor Dinner to be held at the West Valley Fire Hall on Route 240 on April 10 at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per person and everyone is welcome to attend. For reservations, contact Deb Miller (716) 938-2318.

A birthday gift was presented to Supervisor’s Clerk and Budget Officer Hildegard Krause.

The meeting was  adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

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